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As Greater Boston's community foundation, the Boston Foundation is focused on the myriad of factors which make our city unique and successful. With an emphasis on strengthening this region's competitiveness in the global economy, the Foundation works with many partners to publish cutting edge research, hold public forums, and convene task forces of experts and stakeholders to create action agendas for real change.

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City of Ideas

A Change in Approach for a Challenging Time

Now in its fifth year, Open Door Grants has implemented several timely programmatic changes to this year’s application to remain responsive to the sector’s evolving needs - particularly during the pandemic.

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To Achieve Racial Equity, We Need the Arts

The urgency to support arts organizations founded, led by, and serving people of color at this moment is not solely about addressing past wrongs or sparking a much-needed change to Boston’s image. It’s about the pivotal role that the arts can and should play in advancing the conversation.

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Meet Our Donors

An Unexpected Gift. A Fascinating Life.

One of the largest gifts to the Boston Foundation’s COVID-19 Response Fund was a contribution of $500,000 from a foundation no one at the Boston Foundation had heard of prior to the gift. It’s called the Ruby W. and LaVon P. Linn Foundation, established by Ruby Linn - a woman who led a fascinating life, had a pioneering career and eventually became a philanthropist.

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In the Media

5 Questions With Roberto Mighty, Director Of 'Legacy of Love'

"Legacy of Love" - a documentary supported by King Boston and TBF - tells the mostly unknown story of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. & Coretta Scott's formative years in Boston. Ahead of the premiere on August 6, 2020 on WGBH-2, director Roberto Mighty spoke with WGBH on life, love and what he can't live without.

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Minimum guaranteed income = solution to poverty

Imari Paris Jeffries (King Boston) and Luc Schuster (Boston Indicators) discuss guaranteed income as a way to mitigate economic injustice along racial and class lines. They offer 5 key reforms to the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) that would give lower-income families a cash credit of at least $1,200/year, as outlined in the new Boston Indicators report, "A Guaranteed Income for Massachusetts."

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In the Media

5 Minutes With... Linda Mason of The Boston Foundation

Linda Mason, the Boston Foundation Board Chair, spoke with BBJ correspondent Jay Fitzgerald about how the Boston Foundation has fared during these turbulent times, what she envisions for the foundation moving forward, childcare, racial equity and more.

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A Guaranteed Income for Massachusetts

Boston Indicators teams up with the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center and the Economic Security Project to explore how an expansion of the state Earned Income Tax Credit could provide a guaranteed income stream, and improved financial security, to over 1.7 million Massachusetts residents in families earning less than $70,000 per year.

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Race, Equity & Housing in the Time of COVID-19

In the second installment of the Greater Boston Housing Report Card report series, researchers from the UMass Donahue Institute highlight the links between decades of housing inequity and lack of affordability and the spread of COVID-19 in 2020.

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Qualified Renters Need Not Apply

A new study from the Housing Discrimination Testing Program at Suffolk University Law School, supported by the Boston Foundation, finds strong evidence of discrimination against Black and lower-income renters by agents and housing providers in Boston.

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TBF News: Summer 2020

A powerful conversation on the ways we devalue Black lives, and important work on housing and equity took center stage during a busy time for the Foundation.

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